Office for Exceptional Children (OEC)

The Office for Exceptional Children is committed to offering a free and appropriate public education to meet the unique needs of students in the district with special needs, ages 3-21. The district offers a wide continuum of services to students with special needs, as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act (IDEIA) of 2004.


136 S. Ludlow St., Dayton OH 45402
Tel. (937) 542-3353  |  Fax (937) 542-3456

Shirley Coulter, Executive Director
(937) 542-3435

Tonya Ray, Executive Director
(937) 542-3454

Carla McCluskey, Administrative Specialist
(937) 542-3583

Sherida Wynn, Placement Specialist
(937) 542-3464

If you are in need of Special Education documents, contact:

Nick Felts, Records Clerk
(937) 542-3233

If you are another public school district and need to invite a representative from Dayton Public Schools to a meeting, contact:

Yvette Walker, Out of District Academic Coordinator
(937) 542-3401 

Each building has an assigned OEC academic coordinator who can provide information and guidance on services and placements in buildings throughout the district.

OEC Academic Coordinator Contact Information

Laura Back, OEC Academic Coordinator
Belle Haven Elementary, Ruskin Elementary, Stivers School For The Arts,  and Valerie Elementary
(937) 542-3317

Crystal Baughn, OEC Academic Coordinator
Rosa Parks Early Learning Center (Pre K)
(937) 542-3292

Tina Daniel, OEC Academic Coordinator
Meadowdale High School and District Transition Programs
(937) 542-3440

Carl Dehaven, OEC Academic Coordinator
Kiser Elementary, Rivers Edge Mon, and Thurgood Marshall High School
(937) 542-3474

Shelly Dinsmore, OEC Academic Coordinator
Belmont High School, Wogaman Elementary, and OEC Programming
(937) 542-3385

Kendra Krumpe, OEC Academic Coordinator
Eastmont Elementary, Edison Elementary, Paul Laurence Dunbar Early College High School, and Westwood Elementary
(937) 542-3431

Christina Martindale, OEC Academic Coordinator
EJ Brown Middle School, Fairview Elementary, and Wright Brothers Middle School
(937) 542-3420

Carrie McGee, OEC Academic Coordinator
Cleveland Elementary, Louise Troy Elementary, David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center
(937) 542-5293 

Yvette Walker, OEC Academic Coordinator
Charity Adam Earley Girls Academy and Out of Districts
(937) 542-3401

Gail Wright, OEC Academic Coordinator
Horace Mann Elementary, Kemp Elementary, Mound Street Academy/DDA, Roosevelt Elementary
(937) 542-7011

Child Find

Dayton Public School is annually required to locate, identify and evaluate children suspected of, or identified with, an educational disability under the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA).  This obligation applies regardless of whether the children receive a public education. The process of locating, identifying, and evaluating children with disabilities is known as Child Find.

 The School District routinely evaluates students who present with suspected disability or impairment and who may require academic intervention or support. Parents may contact school personnel to discuss their concerns at any time. As the district of residence, we have the responsibility to identify and arrange for appropriate services for any child with a qualifying disability.

If you know a child between the ages of 0-22 who you suspect has a disability, and that child lives within the Dayton Public Schools area, please contact the Office for Exceptional Children at (937) 542-3353.

Requesting an Evaluation:

Parents are able to request an evaluation of their child. The district asks that parents put this request in writing and submit it to the administrator in their child’s school, or contact the Office for Exceptional Children at (937) 542-3353.

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